Defending kings and queens Christ Church Foundation School are on the verge of repeating as champions of the Sol-sponsored Esther Maynard Zone of the 2018 Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship.
Heading into the second and decisive day, the girls of Foundation are ahead on 293.50 points followed closely by Scotiabank Springer Memorial on 254 and Harrison College with 158 points in third. Williams Industry Alleyne School are in fourth position on 115.50 and Combermere School are fifth with 103 points.
Meanwhile, in the boys’ competition, Foundation tallied 226 points, Harrison College had 190 for second place and St Leonard’s Boys’ 148.50 points have them in third position. Alleyne are in fourth on 140.50 and Combermere on 103 points were in fifth place.
CARIFTA qualifier Tristan Gibbons of Harrison College has been in sensational form this season setting quite a few records. Gibbons was no doubt the hands-down favourite in the Under-20 Boys discus and produced a gold medal throw of 53.36m.
Two CARIFTA qualifiers from Foundation stood out today. Sarah Belle who has really come of age, exhibited pure class with a blazing 14.05 seconds run in the Under-17 Girls 100m hurdles. So good was Belle’s time that the closest to it was schoolmate Joanna Myrie with a time of 17.77.
Dominque Wood has already qualified for the Bahamas and won the Under-17 Girls long jump with a 5.56m distance. It was one, two for Foundation as Leilani Haddock took silver jumping 5.28m.
A fair share of Foundation’s points came in the field events and Romancia Odwin comfortably putted 11.09m in the Under-20 Girls shot put.
The Under-17 Boys shot put winner also hailed from Foundation with a 36.68m throw by Nathan Crawford- Wallis who also captured the 110m hurdles in 15.67 seconds ahead of 17.44 by schoolmate Jaden Jackman.
Foundation were expected to achieve the double in the Under-20 Boys long jump but Lee-Andre Walker of Alleyne School executed a brilliant 7.03m jump to deny Anderson Greaves (6.91m) and Ondre Callender (6.68m) the gold.
Harrison College took top honours in both categories of the Under-20 1500m with three-time CARIFTA gold medallist Jonathan Jones racing away in a time of 4:10.98 ahead of schoolmate Rio Williams finishing in 4:16.35 for second.
Jones is always a big day contender and produced a brisk 47.47 seconds in heat two of the Under-20 Boys 400m ahead of the 48.23 ran by fellow CARIFTA gold medallist and schoolmate Rasheem Griffith.
Charissa Moore won the Under-20 Girls equivalent in 5:13.11 with the closest to her being Tricia Phillips of Springer Memorial in 5:20.95.
The Crumpton Street, St Michael-based institution was well-represented compliments a great showing from Layla Haynes clocking 5:13.79 in the Junior Girls 1500m. The top performer in the Junior Boys 1500m was Khalid Padmore of Alleyne School who registered a time of 5:02.28.
There were clear winners in both the Under-17 Boys and Girls 1500m age group. Nathan Goddard-McCarthy of Combermere School ran 4:27.82 and left Miguel Nicholas of Ellerslie ( 4:41.96) chasing nothing but his shadow.
Daesha Brathwaite of Foundation took care of business rather easily when she cruised to victory in 5:15.78 with Christian Shurland of Combermere (5:30.11) placing second.
It was the Foundation show in the 400m as they swept respective categories in that division. In the Under-13 age group, Kelescia Downes crossed the finish line in 1:04.32 for top honours in the girls’ and Daniel Duncan formerly of Bayley’s Primary clocked 60.98 in the Boys.
As expected Foundation also dominated the Under-15 Boys 400m along with the Under-17 and 20 Girls. Kobe Hutson stamped his authority to win the boys’ 400 in 53.73.
Kayla Cummins ran 59.03 to top the Under-17 girls while Chloe Lucas was the only Under-20 female to go under a minute, clocking 58.59 in her heat.
Tionce Walrond of Springer Memorial ran the fastest Under-15 Girls 400m heat in a time of 59.03 while Akil Howell blazed the track in 51.66 for the Under-17 Boys equivalent.
The 100m sprints also took place today and the senior divisions brought most of the exciting action. Foundation’s powerhouse Hannah Connell sped to victory in 12.17 for the Under-20 Girls 100m title and even though Shemia Odaine of Alleyne School won her heat, her time of 12.55 was not quick enough.
Connell hasn’t yet qualified for CARIFTA and even though she was able to pull off the 14.76 seconds victory in the 100m hurdles it was not the smoothest of runs.
Foundation were in the winners’ circle yet again when Leilani Haddock won the Under-17 Girls 100m in 12.73 seconds which was just four split seconds ahead of the 12.77 from Mariel Corbin of Combermere.
The top three fastest finishers in the Under-20 Males 100m were Julian Forde of Harrison College 11.26, while Foundation captured second and third through Laquan Trotman (11.33) and Josiah Atkins (11.49) in that order.
For the Under-17 Boys, Mikhail Carvalho was ahead of the field in 11.40 seconds followed closely by Dequan Clarke of Ellerslie (11.45) and Saviola Thomas of Foundation (11.54) was third.
The Under-15 Girls 100m went to Naomi Forde-Hinds of Springer Memorial (13.05) and a mere split second behind was Janae Goodman of Foundation (13.06). Ashem Vaughan looked impressive at Parkinson Memorial inter-house sports and today he did not disappoint in the Under-15 Boys Division with an 11.99 showing in the 100m. Shonte Morris of Foundation was in a fast lane of her own, comfortably winning the Under-13 Girls 100m in 13.07 while Jaleel Batson of St George Secondary ran 13.46 seconds for the Boys.